Corporate Team Building in Dubai

Browsing the options for Team Building activities in Dubai, there are numerous choices on the market from business games to desert safaris. If you want to experience something a little more challenging, however, you might consider a corporate sailing regatta,  escort Pragueor simply a team-building afternoon, sailing the beautiful waters of the Arabian Gulf.

The event can be run as part of a conference/regional meeting as an afternoon activity, or as a full day, with onshore sailing/navigation exercises built in to target particular areas of concern within the team – communication, teamwork, or leadership skills.

The venue for this exciting day on the water is the 101 Marina, One & Only, The Palm, in Dubai, and the Emirates Palace Marina, in Abu Dhabi. Yachts vary from Beneteau First 45 racer/cruisers to an Ocean Voyager 74 sailing catamaran. The event is suitable for non-sailors as well as those with experience, as the yachts are skippered by qualified RYA Yachtmasters who have considerable racing experience. There is also one regular crew member on board, but the idea is that the corporate guests learn to crew the yacht themselves in preparation for the race in the second half of the afternoon.

Offshore photography and team colors add some excitement to the racing, whilst the debrief and prize-giving ceremony, over sunset drinks, and canapes, perfectly complement high adrenaline and challenging afternoon.

The use of yacht racing as a platform for leadership development and team building began after the 2000/1 BT Global Challenge. The race became the basis of a study to provide an understanding of what makes a high-performing leader and how to sustain a competitive advantage. Over time, this has been translated into lessons on successful team development, and yacht racing is now used internationally as the basis for delivering cutting-edge corporate training.

January 2012 saw the Volvo Ocean Race yachts stop in Abu Dhabi for an exhilarating weekend of close racing before they headed off to Sanya, China on Leg 3 of their round-the-world challenge. Local residents were able to get up close to the action and understand a bit more about how a racing team works. This introduction paved the way for increased interest in team building on the water and at Eden Yachting we are continually looking at new and creative ways to work with UAE companies so they can add a yacht racing or ‘learn to sail’ challenge to their global or regional conference.


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